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Our team boasts a wealth of experience in the development of video games and mobile games with a particular focus on ARPGs. We have been following the world of crypto since 2017, and were especially inspired by the popular project – Loot in 2021.
Loot is a NFTs project that feature equipment represented solely by white words on black background, designed for use in gameplay. Each NFT is randomly generated, offering a high degree of composability and ample room for customization, which reminds us of the ancestor of ARPGs – the Diablo series.
In Diablo II, players have the chance to acquire equipment by defeating enemies. They can experience the thrill of high randomness and free-form combinations by collecting and building unique equipment systems. Similarly, in SERAPH, each piece of equipment can also be a Loot NFT, which makes it an ideal candidate for a crypto game using this concept. With sufficient gameplay depth, continued optimization, and innovation through the incorporation of Web3, SERAPH has the potential to become a leading force of crypto gaming trends.
We can divide the advantages into two aspects:
(1) From the perspective of blockchain technology
SERAPH utilizes blockchain to record data on players’ assets. This provides players with greater security for their in-game assets, which are open and transparent on chain.
Additionally, because blockchain data is tamper-proof, players have true ownership of their in-game assets and they can trade and collect assets freely.
By empowering players to take back the ownership of their assets, SERAPH places players at the center of the gaming experience. Our game is specifically designed with players in mind, and allowing more players to participate in the ecosystem.
(2) From the perspective of tokenomics
By emloying token incentive mechanism, SERAPH can guide players towards more desirable behaviors and reward them for their contributions to the game. This is not only fosters longer-term engagement and companionship among players, but also helps to build a strong and vibrant community that connects players and developers, unlocking new possibilities for collaboration across the entire ecosystem.
We believe that the crypto games are still in its early stages, and there are numerous issues that need to be addressed with the games available on the market today.
(1) Lacking depth in gameplay
Crypto games, which have emerged in the past few years, mostly fail to provide immersive playing experiences. Most of them are still based on the prototype of DeFi, with only different stories and tokens. The focus is primarily on community operations and marketing, with little attention paid to gameplay depth. Anyone who plays a crypto game knows that they’re there to make money, and the entertainment value and fun of gameplay is obviously not a priority .
The popularity of Axie Infinity and other crypto games mainly stems from the concept of ‘play to earn’. However, if players are simply looking to play games, why wouldn't they open their Steam, PS5 or Switch?
(2) Excessive monetary incentives
Crypto games use token to represent game assets, which incentivizes players to buy game assets with the belief that they can earn more through them. Inevitably, fluctuations in token prices can have an impact on how players perceive their game experience.
In many current products on the market, monetary incentives have become the decisive factor for players to stay or leave, often overshadowing the gameplay experience. Once the game’s economy collapses, players are at risk of losing their investments, and the game could ultimately fail.
Crypto game needs to find a balance between these two factors.
(3) High entry threshold
The first generation of crypto games had a high entry threshold, targeting only crypto native while ignoring the potential for free players to enter the market. To participate in the game, players need to learn about crypto wallets and how to use them, as well as paying for game assets in forms of NFTs.
This created a barrier that prevented te largest player groups from participating.
While later games have tried to address these issues by providing free entries for non-crypto players, the experience is still not optimized for them.
Imagine a player who has never been exposed to crypto, the process of playing a crypto game can be daunting. They need to register a wallet, store their private key, and log in to the game with an authorized signature. If they want to spend money in the game, they need to use a crypto exchange or third-party payment service and learn new concepts such as gas fees, smart contracts, wallet security, etc. These barriers really can be very frustrating.
(4) Ignoring the consensus building
The grand worldview behind a game, as well as the shared gameplay experience, are both important factors for a game to gather community consensus. Crypto provides fertile soil for community and consensus building, yet current crypto games often overlook this crucial element.
Building on the advantages of blockchain technology and acknowledging the problems existing in the current market, our aim is to provide players with a truly exceptional gaming experience. By learning from the existing issues and incorporating several innovative features. We strive to create a game that achieves the following goals:
(1) Focus on player experience and game depth
In SERAPH, countless pieces of equipment are generated randomly, allowing players to freely build their own unique equipment system. This creates a positive feedback loop in which players defeat enemies, obtain dropped objects, and grow stronger, while enjoying an immersive gaming experience.
(2) A continuous and stable in-game economy
We place great importance on the in-game economy and have designed the tokenomics from an early stage to ensure its continuous and stable operation. By integrating the tokenomics seamlessly into the game economy, we aim to provide a new source of long-term value. Based on a token model tested in the market, we have made numerous optimizations and improvements to foster a sustainable economic cycle.
(3) Expanding the crypto game industry ecosystem
We believe that the high entry barriers and poor gameplay are the two main factors preventing more players from entering the crypto game market. As game developers, we shouldn't let tedious upfront process distract too much attention. To address this, we have integrated the game’s account system with the wallet specifically designed for the game. Players can now seamlessly enter the world of crypto games in a way they are most accustomed to. In the future, we will continue to improve the player experience and expand the industry ecosystem.
(4) Build an interactive community with players
We aim to use web3 tools to infuse new vitality into game operations. By recording the behaviors and activities of players in the game through blockchain, we can draw unique portraits of players in the form of NFTs. The assets and behavior in the game will affect voting rights for community governance. We plan to enhance the existing governance process of crypto by adding more game elements. In the future, we will gradually open up some features and leave them to community governance.